Knowledge of the atmosphere's optical properties is important for radiative transfer modeling studies, remote sensing applications, and climatological studies. In the past, these properties have primarily been studied in the visible and the infrared. Now more attention is being paid to the UV portion to thoroughly understand radiative transfer models. Optical properties of the atmosphere include scattering, emission, and absorption characteristics, which have a strong dependence on wavelength (Reuder and Schwander, 1999). These three processes influence the radiation field in the atmosphere and they each need to be physically and mathematically understood.
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